Union Strong

Union Strong

Union Strong is the official podcast of the New York State AFL-CIO. We share stories of working men and women who benefit from belonging to a union and having a voice in the workplace.


December 7, 2022 12 min

We know from a recently released survey that 76 percent of consumers prefer to buy American-made products, but where do you find them? Our guest from the Alliance for American Manufacturing has an entire holiday gift guide of Made in America items.  And we’ll tell you where to find union-made gifts, food, and drinks to make it a holiday that not only supports workers but will help create good union jobs.

AAM's 2022 Made in Ame...

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TikTok is a powerful communications tool, but getting started can feel intimidating. On the latest Union Strong podcast we discuss how TikTok works, tips and tricks for unions who want to use it to get their message out, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to dive in.


Download the “Captions” app to get a teleprompter for your TikToks

Follow @NYSAFLCIO and @Local802AFM on TikTok

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October 3, 2022 16 min

Candidates seeking the endorsement of the New York State AFL-CIO must meet a high threshold of support. 

On the latest Union Strong podcast, we break down the endorsement process with our guests; Ryan Delgado, Political Director and Chief of Staff at the federation and Jenn Puja, the Executive Director of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body. 

We also discuss what’s at stake in the general election and how union members are ma...

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Union construction workers and members of the fire and police departments in New York City developed a strong bond working together on New York’s 9/11 recovery mission. Years later, many of them now retired, are putting their knowledge and skills to use to help those in need. On the latest Union Strong podcast, Bill Keegan, founder and president of HEART 9/11 talks about the mission of the organization and what drives workers to pa...

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July 18, 2022 16 min

Workers won big in the 2022 legislative session. The list of victories includes workplace health and safety protections, improvements to labor rights and pensions, and the creation of good-paying jobs as we address climate change.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, New York State AFL-CIO Legislative Director Mike Neidl breaks it all down for us to explain what these changes will mean for working people and their families.

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May 25, 2022 30 min

When nurses were forced to work mandatory overtime during the COVID pandemic, it was understood that we were dealing with an emergency.

The emergency has passed, yet mandatory overtime is back with a vengeance and it’s reached a crisis level in many of our hospitals.

Overworked nurses are pleading with lawmakers to do something about it.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, we will hear from nurses and their unions on why they are s...

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The concept of Buy American is simple: Our tax dollars should be used to create jobs and advance production here at home.

On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast, we discuss the importance of prioritizing Buy American legislation and in particular, Buy American Rock Salt.

Our guest, Dave Wasiura, Assistant to the Director for the United Steelworkers, District 4 explains what the legislation would do and its impact on the ...

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March 28, 2022 11 min

The state of New York has lost thousands of public sector workers over the past decade. Recruiting and retaining public employees is reaching a crisis level.


In addition, dedicated public sector workers who risked their lives during the pandemic could be inadvertently penalized for the overtime they worked throughout the crisis.


On the latest Union Strong podcast, we talk about reforming the state’s pension system, to address t...

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March 25th is the 111th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in lower Manhattan. It was one of the deadliest industrial tragedies in U.S. history.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, we are revisiting an episode we called, “A day in history that changed workplace safety”. It is a look-back at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire through an interview with Edgar Romney, the Secretary-Treasurer of Workers United.

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Nursing home workers at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston, New York held a one-day strike to draw attention to their contract fight over fair wages. Tomorrow, that fight moves to St. Louis Missouri.


The nursing home workers are represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and have been without a contract since December 31, 2021. Already hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, these caregivers are now working critically short-sta...

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February 21, 2022 20 min

Working New Yorkers have put themselves at risk throughout this entire pandemic. Many workers died after being exposed to the virus on the job and countless others became ill. 


And now, as we reach the 2-year mark since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are learning more about long-haul symptoms.


That’s why the New York State AFL-CIO wants to help get the word out on how critical it is for every worker who believes the...

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February 13, 2022 24 min

Workers at Starbucks stores across the country are banding together and filing for union recognition at a pace not seen in recent memory, and it all started in Buffalo, New York.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, one of the workers leading the campaign gives us an inside look into what it’s like taking on a corporate giant determined to stand in the way. And Workers United Secretary-Treasurer Edgar Romney joins us to discuss the ...

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January 16, 2022 19 min
Voting rights were a cornerstone of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy.    On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast we discuss the current state of voting rights in this country and what Dr. King might have to say about it if he was with us today.    New York State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Terry Melvin is our guest as we discuss the meaning of Martin Luther King Day and Dr. King's connection to the union movement.  ...
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December 14, 2021 25 min

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for teachers and support staff, students, and their parents.

Now the 600,000 member New York State United Teachers has turned those challenges into an opportunity.

NYSUT brought together a group of education professionals from across the state to come up with ideas on how to support public schools to build a brighter future for students.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, we t...

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November 30, 2021 21 min

For most workers, overtime pay after 40 hours was a victory won over 80 years ago, but shockingly for farmworkers it’s a battle still being fought.

Farmworkers in New York State won some very basic rights in 2019 with passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. 

Those rights which the New York State AFL-CIO had been fighting for, for years include: the right to organize a union, a mandatory day of rest, and the right to ov...

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November 10, 2021 17 min

On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast, we learn how unions are helping veterans find a pathway to the American dream.

Our guest is Will Attig who is a U.S. Army Veteran and serves as the Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council at the AFL-CIO.

Will discusses the benefits of belonging to the Union Veterans Council and how it helps veterans transition from military service to civilian life and a solid middle class...

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October 26, 2021 24 min

Voters have an opportunity in the 2021 general election to make changes to the state constitution.

The Labor Movement is supporting two of the propositions; Prop 2 and Prop 4. 

Prop 2 would add environmental rights to the state constitution. 

Prop 4 would allow no excuse absentee voting.

On this podcast we discuss what the propositions are about and why they have the support of working people.

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IATSE President Matthew Loeb has drawn a line in the sand saying the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees will go on strike Monday unless a deal is reached. IATSE has been in a contract fight with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for more than five months over safer working conditions, fair wages, and sustainable benefits.

On the latest Union Strong podcast, Cinematographer Sarah May Guenther ...

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On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast, our guest is New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. Commissioner Reardon discusses a variety of topics including the unemployed, job creation, apprenticeship programs, workplace safety and the role unions play in all of it.



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September 5, 2021 14 min

Newly elected AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler joins us on the Union Strong podcast to talk about Labor’s priorities and what’s behind the growing support of labor unions. 

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